Paintings Conservation
Consolidation and structural repairs
Cleaning
Inpainting - retouches - varnishing
Frames
Paintings restoration procedure
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In addition to being among the most
expensive of works of art, paintings are
among the most susceptible to damage.  
From the day a picture is painted it
changes steadilly. The changes are
both chemical and physical and many
are results of atmosphere itself, there
are malpractice in restoration, accidents,
improper handling, bad framing and
vandalism.
Paintings are complex structures that
cannot be regarded merely as painted
surfaces. Materials with different
properties and  differing behaviour are
combined in a painting; the types of
damage that can occure are
correspondingly complex and varied.
Every work in need of restoration is a
case apart. Nevertheless it is possible to
state certain general principles, the most
important of which is:
* Remove as much as possible of what
men and time have added to the work,
while yourself adding as little as
possible*.
Restoration is a technical operation to
prolong the life of a work of art by
slowing down the process of decay
affecting the materials of which it is
made.
There are three musts of modern
restoration:
1. Legibility - it is essential to the
spectator's enjoyment of the work.
2. Stability in materials used for
restoration.
3. Reversability - any material added to
the work of art must be capable of being
removed at any time without damage to
the original.
1. Examination
* observation with unaided eye in daylight
   artificial light,raking light and reflective
   light; ultraviolet light
* observation with lenses from 3-100x
   magnification
* color photographs and photomacro-
   graphs (up to 10x)
* cleaning  tests
2.
Consolidation consists largely of fixing
scaling paint and of preventing further
scaling by reinforcing deteriorated or
damaged panels and canvases; the most
frequent measure necessary is fixing of
loose paint particles and damaged support.
* facing - if the paint is flaking and
   chipping the paint film first is
    secured by a facing
* impregnation
* patching or tear closing (bridging)
* strip lining
* lining - the term applies to sticking of
  deteriorating canvas painting to a second
  canvas or board for reinforcement.
 * transfer
3.
* removal of surface dirt
* removal of old retouches and overpaints
4.
* filling of holes and repairs
* retouches of repaired areas
5. Re-varnishing
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Restoration of 17th c. italian painting
Works of many famous artists
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